Learn About Our Programs

Our programs are offered for a wide range of ages intended to expose participants to the wonders of the natural world around us. Special accommodations are available for all programs with adequate notification.

Programs for:

Upcoming events

    • 12/05/2014
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    The Christmas Possum has hidden candy canes in the park.  After some possum-themed indoor activities, the naturalist will lead your children on a hike to find them. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, December 3. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 12/05/2014
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Varies
    All Ages; under 14 with an adult

    Join us for several scheduled work days to repair, clean and install Barn Owl boxes at various locations. Come for all or part of the day.

    Meeting location will be sent to all who register.

     

    • 12/05/2014
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    The Christmas Possum has hidden candy canes in the park.  After some possum-themed indoor activities, the naturalist will lead your children on a hike to find them. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, December 3. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 12/05/2014
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    All ages, with adult participation

    Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and flashlights

    Most everyone knows how to make s’mores over a fire, but campfire cooking can be so much more. Come discover some new campfire cooking methods and recipes. Dress for the weather - and bring your appetite.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee is per family. Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    • 12/06/2014
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 1
    Ages 12-16 years

    From a one-person emergency shelter to a bigger, long-term structure - knowing how to create your own shelter could come in handy. Join friends new and old to learn about different types of shelters, what materials to use, and put then put that knowledge to practice.

    Location: Kings Landing Park, meet at Wisner Hall

    Bring water, a snack, and a lunch. Wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty.

    Fee per person: Free for BCNES members; $8 per person for nonmembers.

    • 12/09/2014
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Come explore the clues animals leave behind from tracks in the sand to marks on trees, We will see who has been out and about.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 12/09/2014
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Come explore the clues animals leave behind from tracks in the sand to marks on trees, We will see who has been out and about.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 12/13/2014
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10

    Adult participation is not required.

    Keep your young teen busy when they're out of school. They can have fun exploring the outdoors with friends, old and new as they take pictures of amazing landscapes and cool plants and animals.  Photography tips, themes and locations will vary every month. Bring a lunch, backpack and point-and-shoot camera.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee: Free for BCNES members
    $12 per person for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, December 11  Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 12/13/2014
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 1

    For Ages: 6-9 years, Adult participation required.

    Children will learn some basic compass skills and will use what they have learned to find candy canes hidden in the park.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    These programs allow student to investigate firsthand the life found in and around our area.

    Reservations are required by Thursday, December 11. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee: Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Program Fee may be paid online by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 12/18/2014
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    The days are short and the animals and plants have been getting ready for winter. Are you ready?  We will tell stories, play games, and cook some snacks over a campfire. Wear your warm clothes to this one – it will be outside!

                                           

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by September 21

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 12/18/2014
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 13
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    The days are short and the animals and plants have been getting ready for winter. Are you ready?  We will tell stories, play games, and cook some snacks over a campfire. Wear your warm clothes to this one – it will be outside!

                                           

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by December 15

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 12/20/2014
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 6

    For Ages 6-9 years

    Adult participation is encouraged, but not required.

    Learn a fun new way to paint as we make paintings of trees in winter. Be sure to wear clothes that can get paint on them.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee may be paid online by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 12/20/2014
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For all ages
    Adult participation is required

    Gather around a campfire as we discuss what animals in our area do during the winter time. Bring a lawn chair and a mug.

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 12/28/2014
    • 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Varies

    For Adults and Families

    For more than 100 years the Audubon Society has conducted an annual nation-wide Christmas Bird Count. Join birders as they spend the day counting birds at various locations in the southern end of Calvert County. The count day is followed by a tally at a nearby restaurant. Counters can be partnered with more experienced birders, count for all or part of the day or even report from personal feeders. Call 410-535-5327 for details. 

    • 01/03/2015
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 13
    For Ages 6-9 years; Adult participation is required.

    Discover what tracks animals leave behind as we search the park for animal clues. You’ll even get to make your own track guide.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee may be paid online by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 01/03/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 15

    For ages 13 years and up (adult required if under 18)

    See Flag Ponds Nature Park in a new light as we go for a full moon hike down to the beach. The Quadrantids Meteor Shower will also be going on so we may even see a few shooting stars.

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per family. Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    • 01/09/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    After the puppets teach your children about birds in winter, you will help us participate in Day 1 of our winter bird survey for Project Feeder Watch.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, January 7. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 01/09/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 14
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    After the puppets teach your children about birds in winter, you will help us participate in Day 1 of our winter bird survey for Project Feeder Watch.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, January 7. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 01/10/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 8

    For Ages 10-13; adult participation is not required.

    Your teen will have fun exploring the outdoors as they take pictures of amazing landscapes and cool plants and animals.  Photography tips, themes and locations will vary every month. Bring a bag lunch and a point-and-shoot camera.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee: Free for BCNES members
    $12 per person for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, January 8. Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 01/10/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 8
    For Ages 6 to 9
    Adult participation is required

    After making a treat for the birds, your children will stakeout the bird feeder and count birds for Day 2 of the nature center's Project Feeder Watch winter bird survey.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, January 8. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 01/13/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Learn about animals that are great at hide and seek and why it is important for them to be able to blend in with their surroundings.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 01/16/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park, Dunkirk
    • 20
    Ages 16 years through adult

    Learn to identify some of our evergreen plants. We’ll explore the forests in search of the ferns, herbaceous plants, and trees that are green in the winter. 

    Co-sponsored by the Maryland Native Plant Society

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk. Directions will be sent to all who register

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per person.
    Free for BCNES members
    Free for MNPS members
    $8 for nonmembers


     

    • 01/17/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 01/18/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10

    Grades 4 - 6

    Winter Adventure 2015

    Overnight January 17-18, 2015

    Don't hide inside all winter! During the day, we will play detective - searching the beach and the woods for animal clues. After sunset, we will head out into the quiet winter woods for a night walk, followed by a campfire and s'mores. Don't worry about getting too cold. This camp will include indoor and outdoor activities and plenty of hot chocolate. Dinner, breakfast, and snacks included.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee is per child: $75 for BCNES members
    $90 for nonmembers

    Please register by January 9, 2015

    Reservations are required. Register online at www.calvertparks.org, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us

    • 01/21/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Ages 15 - adult; under 18 with an adult

    The American Kestrel is our smallest falcon and depends on open fields and sparse woods for hunting insects and small rodents. Although populations are declining, installing nest boxes can help boost their numbers. Join us in the American Kestrel Partnership to install some nest boxes around the county.

    We will meet at the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp and carpool to various locations.

    This program is FREE.

    Advance registration is required.


    • 01/24/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp/Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 31

    Calvert County Natural Resources conducts a number of nest box monitoring projects throughout the County. Help the naturalists build boxes for Barn Owls and Prothonotary Warblers. Learn how these projects help preserve the natural heritage of the area. Come with us to the Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm to install one of our newly made boxes and then take home a Bluebird box kit or two for your yard. 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp and Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Fee: $8 per family/box. Families wanting more than one box to take home, can pay an additional $8 for each box.

    Registration and payment required by January 19.

    This program is supported by a grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation. 

    • 01/27/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 10


    For children ages 12-16

    Get a behind-the-scenes look at the raptors (hawk and owls) that live here at the nature center. Find out what it takes to be a raptor handler and learn more about these awesome birds. Bring lunch and a snack.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Space is limited to 10.

    Fee is per child.

    Free for BCNES members

    $12 for nonmembers

    • 01/27/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 6

    Ages 10-13, Adult participation not required

    Come to Kings Landing Park to explore some of the activities you can do with sticks and trees in the winter months.  We'll make stick sculptures, tree art, play games, and make props to play with!  Bring a refillable water bottle.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for BCNES members
    $12 per person for nonmembers

    • 01/29/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 3
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Most of the trees have lost their leaves – but there is still some green in the woods!  We will use our senses to explore the local evergreens – how do they feel? How do they smell? We will also look to see how animals might use these trees. This class will include both indoor and outdoor activities. Be sure to dress for our outdoor adventure!

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required.

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 01/29/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 11
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Most of the trees have lost their leaves – but there is still some green in the woods! We will use our senses to explore the local evergreens – how do they feel? How do they smell? We will also look to see how animals might use these trees. This class will include both indoor and outdoor activities. Be sure to dress for our outdoor adventure!

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required.

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 02/02/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    The puppets will tell your children about groundhogs and other animals that hibernate, then take a short walk to see where animals might sleep in the winter.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park.  

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, January 29. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 02/02/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    The puppets will tell your children about groundhogs and other animals that hibernate, then take a short walk to see where animals might sleep in the winter.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park.  

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, January 29. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

     

    • 02/04/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 10

    For children in Grades 1-2

    School's Out Adventure

    Get a behind-the-scenes look at the “herps” (reptiles and amphibians) that live at the nature center. We will explore what it takes to keep these captive animals safe and learn why their wild relatives are important. Bring lunch and a snack.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Space is limited to 10 campers.

    Fee is per child.

    $20 for BCNES members
    $30 for nonmembers

    • 02/07/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 8

    Ages 10-13; adult participation is not required.

    Program Fee: Free for BCNES members
    $12 per person for nonmembers

    Your teen will have fun exploring the outdoors as they take pictures of amazing landscapes and cool plants and animals. Photography tips, themes and locations will vary every month. Bring a bag lunch and a point-and-shoot camera.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required by Thursday, February 5. Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 02/07/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8
    For Ages 6 to 9
    Adult participation is required

    Your children will learn about these misunderstood creatures and the strategies they use to survive the winter.  Meet a live snake and hike one of the trails to see where they might hibernate.

    LocationKings Landing Park

    Reservations are required by Thursday, February 5. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 02/12/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 2
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park 

    What will we be wading into this winter? It could be rain or it could be snow. Either way – it probably won’t be warm! We’ll look at some different ways to measure the winter weather and then go for a walk outside to try things out. We’ll end inside with a warm snack!

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 02/12/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 15
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park 

    What will we be wading into this winter? It could be rain or it could be snow. Either way – it probably won’t be warm! We’ll look at some different ways to measure the winter weather and then go for a walk outside to try things out. We’ll end inside with a warm snack!

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required.

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 02/13/2015
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 39

    All ages.

    The 18th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count begins today.  Whether you are a novice or an expert birder, volunteers of all ages are welcome to help identify and count birds.  Data will be used by researchers at Cornell and the National Audubon Society.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, February 11. Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.


    • 02/16/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 10

    For children in Grades 3-5

    School's Out Adventure

    How can we tell what animals have been visiting us? Sometimes they leave behind clues that we can discover if we know what to look for. Come try your hand at being a nature detective! Dress for the weather. Bring lunch and a snack.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Registration deadline: February 9

    Space is limited to 10 campers.

    Fee is per child.

    $20 for BCNES members

    $30 for nonmembers

    • 02/21/2015
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 25

    For 15 years old - Adults (under 18 adult required)

    Many Bald Eagles call Flag Ponds Park home in the winter time. We’ll hike down to our beach in search of these impressive birds. Dress warm and be sure to bring a pair of binoculars!

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per person. Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    • 02/22/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 19
    For Ages 6-9 years, Adult participation is required.

    Description

    Ever wonder what the beach is like in the winter time? We’ll explore the beach to see what animals call the beach home in the winter time. We’ll end with a warm treat by the fire. Be sure to dress warm!

    These programs allow student to investigate firsthand the life found in and around our area.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 02/25/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 6

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Come learn about the sneaky creatures that lurk in the swamp in the winter. We’ll search for swamp bandit tracks while hiking on the boardwalk.

    Introduce preschool children to the natural world through outdoor exploration. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp 

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 02/28/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 9

    For ages 12-16 years old

    Creative journals are NOT just for the artists among us – they are for everyone! There’s no wrong way to do a creative journal. A journal can be a tool for learning, a place for recording ideas, and a way to help us remember experiences. We willmake journals and try out some fun journaling exercises – both inside and outside.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per person -

    Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    • 02/28/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8

    Family Campfire

    All ages, with adult participation

    Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and flashlights

    Do you like big furry animals?  As we enjoy 'smores, we’ll learn what all mammals have in common. We'll take an up close look at some bones and skins from our local mammals, and learn what clues these sometimes secretive animals leave behind that we can find.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Park by the barn and walk back to the pavilion and campfire.

    Fee is per family. Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    • 03/03/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Spring is almost here and animals are getting ready to make new nests. Most of the year, the trees help to hide nests in their branches, but this time of  year, we should be able to find some old nests - and maybe some new. We will begin inside by looking at some of the different nests our swamp animals make and end with an outdoor adventure to see if we can spy any nests! Come dressed for the weather.

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 03/03/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 11
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Spring is almost here and animals are getting ready to make new nests. Most of the year, the trees help to hide nests in their branches, but this time of  year, we should be able to find some old nests - and maybe some new. We will begin inside by looking at some of the different nests our swamp animals make and end with an outdoor adventure to see if we can spy any nests! Come dressed for the weather.

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 03/04/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8

    For adults

    This activities is also open to families with older children (under 16 with an adult participation)

    If you’re looking to get more involved with the parks here in the county or would just like an excuse to spend some time in the woods – we can always need to new volunteers to check our salamander traps. Come find out what it takes to be involved and help refurbish our salamander traps for the spring season. This is a great opportunity for home school students interested in the environment and animals.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Bring snacks and lunch. Wear clothes that can get dirty and comfortable shoes for working on the traps.

    Advanced registration is required. Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    This program is free.


    • 03/05/2015
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park, Dunkirk
    • 20

    For Ages 13-Adults; under 16 with an adult

    As the full moon rises we’ll stroll along the fields and wetlands listening for the breeding display of the American Woodcock (also known as a Timberdoodle). Dress for the weather, wear sturdy hiking boots. Due to rough terrain of the trails this activity is not wheelchair accessible.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk. Directions will be sent to all who register

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per person.
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    • 03/12/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 4

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Learn about how plants grow as we make some “seed bombs” that you can plant in your garden. Wear clothes that you can get dirty. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline: Monday, March 9

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 03/20/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8

    All ages.

    Celebrate the first day of spring by hiking through Flag Ponds to look for frogs and other signs of spring.  Learn some frog calls and other identifying characteristics too.  Please bring flashlights.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee: Free to BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, March 18. 

    Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 03/21/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8

    Ages 10-13; adult participation is not required.

    Your teen will have fun exploring the outdoors as they take pictures of amazing landscapes and cool plants and animals. Photography tips, themes and locations will vary every month. Bring a bag lunch and a point-and-shoot camera.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee: Free for BCNES members
    $12 per person for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, March 19 Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 03/23/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Spring is here and the puppets are singing!  Children can practice making their best frog calls while they hike to the pond.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park.  

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, March 19. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 03/23/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 14

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Spring is here and the puppets are singing!  Children can practice making their best frog calls while they hike to the pond.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park.  

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Thursday, March 19. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Fee is per family; may register online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 03/28/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 16


    For ages 10-13 years old

    It’s that time of the year for the spotted salamanders to make their move to the swamp. We’ll learn more about these awesome animals and head out in search of them in the park. Be sure to wear clothes you can get dirty.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per person. Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    • 03/28/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 12

    For Families

    Have you ever wondered where marshmallows come from? We’ll teach you about the origin of marshmallows and we will make some of our own!  Bring a sealed container to take your marshmallows home.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per family. Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline: Monday, March 23

    • 03/30/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 03/31/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8
    For Children in 1st-4th grades

    Monday, March 30, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m
    Tuesday, March 31, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Feel like you've been stuck inside all winter? This camp will be full of adventures -- we will wade into the swamp, use nets to look for amphibians, and, of course, play in the mud.

    Bring a snack, lunch, and dress for the weather each day!

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Registration deadline: March 23

    Fee: $40 for members; $60 for nonmembers.

    • 03/31/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 6

    Ages 10-13, Adult participation not required

    Come to Kings Landing Park to practice your archery skills!  Never shot a bow and arrow?  No problem, we'll have a short lesson for beginners before we start. Bring a refillable water bottle.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    • 04/01/2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 04/02/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10

    Ages 12-16 years

    Spend part of spring break with friends searching the woods, ponds, and swamps for animals big and small. If you like to search for animals, and you don’t mind getting dirty in the process, come on down.  Bring lunch and a snack for Wednesday.  Dinner and breakfast provided.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee per person

    $25 for members; $40 for nonmembers.

    Reservations are required by March 25. Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us

    • 04/04/2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm, 2695 Grays Road, Prince Frederick

    Ages 16 years through adult

    Appreciate the beauty of Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm at night under the light of the Wolf Moon. This is a moderately strenuous hike of approximately 2 miles at a brisk pace over hilly and uneven terrain for two hours with minimal stops. Hiking boots or hiking shoes are required. Due to rough terrain of the trails this activity is not wheelchair accessible.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per person.
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

Battle Creek Nature Education Society is dedicated to
the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s natural heritage
and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community.
We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through
our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.
BCNES is a 501(c)3 organization.

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Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org
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